Tuesday, August 23, 2016

WTOC 2016: Lars Jakob Waaler is the new TempO World Champion

Lars Jakob Waaler is the new TempO World Champion. After a tight fight, he showed at his best in the thin line that joins time and accuracy, reaching the most expecting medal, the one he was pursuing for thirteen years.

With the overall time of 243,5 seconds, Lars Jakob Waaler, Norway, reached the World title in the TempO competition, hold today in the beautiful surroundings of Strömstad. “Veteran” of the World Trail Orienteering Championships, Waaler did a great race, having behind him two of the most brilliant trail orienteers ever, the Swede Marit Wiksell and the Finn Pinja Makinen, the first TempO World Champion (Vuokatti, 2013). The big surprise came in the fourth place, by the talent of the 19 years old Croatian Iva Lovrec. Remo Madella, Italy, and Kreso Kerestes, Slovenia, closed the podium with the same time. Apart Lars Jakob Waaler, fourth in the last WTOC, this a totally different podium from what we saw in Croatia and even from the recent European Championships, in Jesenik, Czech Republic.

This time, the Finn Antti Rusanen wasn't accurate enough to secure his World title, finishing eighth. The two winners of the qualifications heats, both from Norway, couldn't do better, Sondre Ruud Braten being the thirteenth and Martin Jullum finishing in the 24th position. Also the Czech Pavel Kurfürst, European Champion currently, was behind the expectations, finishing in the 26th place.


1. Lars Jakob Waaler NOR 243,5 seconds
2. Marit Wiksell SWE 256,5
3. Pinja Makinen FIN 262
4. Iva Lovrec CRO 280,5
5. Kreso Kerestes SLO 288
5. Remo Madella ITA 288
7. Lauri Makinen FIN 316,5
8. Antti Rusanen FIN 317,5
9. Michele Cera ITA 319
10. Martin Fredholm SWE 321

Complete results and further information at http://live.woc2016.se/blog/category/wtoc/.

Joaquim Margarido

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